Ten agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday told the Taraba Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja that the election was marred by irregularities and was rigged in favour of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The Street Journal reports that the party agents appeared as witnesses in a petition filed by the APC Governorship Candidate, Sen. Aisha Alhassan, who is seeking to nullify the election of Gov. Darius Ishaku of PDP.
The 10 witnesses who claimed that they presided over polling units at Takum, Lau and Ibi local government areas of the state are: Haruna Ahmed, Yinusa Ahmed, Yohanna Calvin, Riman Tsokwa, Idris Ayuba, Akanta Chinda, Adamu Mohammed, Jinadu Suleiman, Aminu Aliyu and Ahmed Usman.
At Friday’s resumed sitting, one of the witnesses, Mr Haruna Ahmed, from Kofar Dogo ward in Takum, said he refused to sign polling unit result sheets because they were partially mutilated, squeezed and in dirty forms.
He said: “The election at my polling unit was rigged in favour of PDP, going by the result I saw on the INEC EC8A forms; they were marred with over voting.’’
Ahmed also told the tribunal that the accreditation of voters was done by INEC manually, instead of the card reader machines.
Also testifying, Mr Riman Tsokwa of Takun Constituency 1 said:
“The election was free but not fair; it was marred with irregularities, if the areas that are marred with irregularities are checked my candidate (Alhassan) stands elected.’’
Similarly, Mr Yinusa Ahmed, an agent with Garin Sarki unit in Lau, told the tribunal that though APC is a new party in Taraba it is popular.
He further told the tribunal that it was announced to them by the INEC officials that APC scored 89 votes in his unit.
All the ten witnesses were examined by Mssrs Mahmud Magaji (SAN), counsel to Alhassan, Kanu Agabi (SAN), counsel to Ishaku; Solo Akuma (SAN), counsel to PDP, and Abayomi Akanmode, counsel to INEC.
Justice Musa Abubakar, the tribunal Chairman, after listening to the submission of the witnesses on oath, adjourned for continuation of hearing of more witnesses testimonies on Saturday.